About The Colorado Restaurant Association
Founded in 1933, the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) is the leading trade organization for the state's dynamic foodservice industry. Together with the CRA Education Foundation, the CRA represents, educates and promotes an industry comprised of more than 10,000 eating and drinking establishments that provide Colorado with:
- More than 230,000 jobs – more jobs than any other non-government employer
- $8 billion in annual sales
- $1.36 in sales for other industries for every $1 spent in restaurants
- Thousands of appetizing, healthy and nourishing choices
The CRA has approximately 4,500 restaurant members and over 200 allied trade members that provide products and services to the foodservice industry. The CRA offers independently owned restaurant members a dual membership with the National Restaurant Association (NRA).
A 55-person Board of Directors governs the CRA, a nine-person Executive Committee directs policy and a paid staff of 16 manages the association’s day-to-day operations. The CRA has chapters statewide including three student chapters.